Sen. Manchin Wants to Delay ObamaCare Mandate Until 2015

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is now supporting a bill to delay the implementation of the ObamaCare HHS mandate until January 1, 2015. The mandate demands every citizen to purchase insurance or face fines and penalties. But with the recent debacle in rolling out ObamaCare and all the glitches with the website and phone system, delaying the HHS mandate is becoming a very popular position. Polls show a majority of Americans support delaying the mandate.

While I am happy that a bi-partisan effort is being made to delay the mandate, I am also skeptical. First, delaying the mandate can be a distraction to remove the focus from the primary need of repealing ObamaCare in its entirety. Second, this effort can also be a shelter for vulnerable democrats running in 2014. Such a shelter would allow these democrats to get re-elected where they will then support ObamaCare and its full implementation. So while I am hopeful that the mandate will be delated, I remain resolute in the position that it needs to be repealed entirely and urge Sen. Manchin, along with others in Congress to work to that end. Watch Sen. Manchin’s interview with Bill O’Reilly below. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Will Congress Delay ObamaCare HHS Mandate?

ObamaCare is a nightmare, that much is sure. From how it was passed to the mountain of paperwork, the confusing language, the fact that Congress is exempt, the fact that Obama has given waivers to his closest friends and allies while requiring Americans to abide by it, it’s a nightmare. It also seeks to force Americans to violate their religious convictions by helping fund the abortion industry. In that respect it is unconstitutional. But at least some in Congress are working to fix it. A recent article reports:

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will introduce a bill to delay the health law’s individual mandate, requiring people without health insurance to buy it, until Obamcare’s numerous and serious technical problems are fixed…GOP lawmakers tried to delay the individual mandate during negotiations over the government shutdown, but Democrats refused to budge. Since then, a series of bombshell revelations about the failures of the Obamacare website has created such an uproar, Republicans hope Democrats will see the benefit in a delay.” This is a good first step that should only be the first step in repealing this awful bill. Otherwise we can expect the American health care system to get even worse. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Military Chaplains Banned by Obama Administration During Shut Down

A lapse in appropriations should not restrict the First Amendment rights of American citizens. However, furloughed chaplains are not being permitted to minister on base even voluntarily, thus denying our military personnel access to religious practices. Chaplains exist to facilitate the free exercise rights of our service members, a role which is critical for service members who do not have access to civilian priests or pastors.  Unfortunately, many military bases have indefinitely suspended religious services.  Contract chaplains must be permitted to continue their duties to ensure that members of the military may continue to exercise their First Amendment rights.

 

Representative Doug Collins, member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, recently sponsored a resolution in the House of Representatives to protect the First Amendment freedoms of our military service members. The House passed H.Con.Res. 58, by an overwhelming vote of 400-1, emphasizing the total support for continued availability of religious services to service members and their families during the government  shutdown. The Senate has yet to vote on this essential measure. 

Two members of Congress have expressed their concern through the following Press Releases:

  • Representative Tim Huelskamp stated, “Time and time again this Administration demonstrates it is waging a war against the very religious freedoms upon which America was founded. This is exactly why we worked to pass legislation (House Concurrent Resolution 58) this past weekend – to protect the religious liberties of all those who bravely serve in our Armed Forces.” Read full Press Release 
  • Representative Doug Collins stated, “Denying the free expression of religion on military bases is unprecedented during a government shutdown and another shameless political ploy by President Obama’s administration to make average Americans suffer the most from Senate Democrats’ refusal to negotiate.  Congress is duty bound to act as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the American people, and I am proud that we did so today.” Read full Press Release

For more information go to www.cpcfoundation.com.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Government Shutdown and ObamaCare

As of the writing of this post, the government is shut down. What does that mean for you, and how will that affect the roll out of ObamaCare? Those are the questions most Americans want to know at this time. The answers are easier than one might expect. The first thing to understand is that the government is shut down because of ObamaCare. This awful bill that has been repeatedly rejected by Americans, lost in the courts, and been delayed, is the primary cause of the shutdown. The Democrats in Congress refused to compromise on funding or delaying ObamaCare, while repeatedly rejecting the Republican led House proposals for funding the government. So the government is shut down.

This means all “non-essential” personnel will be sent home to await the government restart. Essential personnel, generally those tied to national defense and security and public safety. So the majority of our military will in fact continue to work. While President Obama and the Democrats tried to scare the American public with talks of economic crisis if the government shuts down, the reality is that in the past when the government has shut down, the economy boomed. As they try to scare seniors and those living on social security or dependent on medicare and medicaid, those service will in fact continue. Unfortunately, this also means Congress will continue to be paid.

Here’s the breakdown of how the government will furlough non-essential workers:

- 87 percent of Commerce’s 46,420 workers
- 80 percent of Treasury’s 112,461 workers
- 50 percent of Defense’s 800,000 workers
- 15 percent of Justice’s 114,486 workers

Also unfortunately for us all, ObamaCare will still be rolled out. Starting today the exchanges open and people can now enroll. It will be a messy, glitch filled period of uncertainty for sure.

The government is bloated and has grown too large. When the government is the largest employer of citizens in the country it is time to trim the fat and reduce the size of the government. Shutting the government down is an opportunity to return to the Founder’s vision for our federal government, one that is limited. This is also a chance to let those in Congress that continue to ignore the voice of the American people that we have no interest in tax payer subsidized abortion. ObamaCare is the largest expansion of abortion in this country since the 1973 Roe decision and it continues to be opposed by a majority of Americans because we are pro-life. Will this shut down be difficult, yes. Is there a chance for opportunity, absolutely.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Major Vote Happening Today To Defend Life

LifeNews.com: “The full House Judiciary Committee will vote on Wednesday on a Congressional bill that would ban abortions nationwide at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Last week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice voted on a party-line vote 6-4 for the bill, with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it…During the hearing, former abortion practitioner Anthony Levatino told members of the committee the gruesome details of his former abortion practice and how he became pro-life following the tragic automobile accident of his child. Another bombshell dropped during the hearing came from Dr. Maureen Condic, who is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She testified that the unborn child is capable of reacting to pain as early as 8-10 weeks. This is when most abortions in America take place.” Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Members of Congress Sign Letter Supporting Romeike Family

A recent letter signed by 27 members of Congress and sent to Eric Holder says: “The Romeikes fled to our country, seeking relief from high fines, removal of their children by armed police officers, and threats of prison and termination of their parental rights.  If forced to return to Germany, they will certainly face renewed persecution…As Americans, we have an obligation to stand with those who seek freedom.  The Romeike family should find a welcoming home in the United States.”

It was the Obama administration, led by Eric Holder that said there is no fundamental right to home school for parents. We respectfully disagree and believe that the education of children is one of the most basic parental rights, and religious rights of every American. The alternative, if there is no fundamental right to home school, is that it is the sole responsibility of the government to educate children. This is patently false. We hope more members of Congress will sign this letter and that the Obama administration will rethink their position and affirm the religious rights of every parent to educate their children in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Democrats in Congress Targeting Care Pregnancy Centers

TheHill.com: “Democrats in the House and Senate are looking to stop what they say are deceptive advertising practices by anti-abortion health clinics that imply they offer abortion services, but instead encourage birth and promote adoption. The legislation is aimed at crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which are clinics often set up by a church or other anti-abortion groups. Democrats in Congress and other pro-abortion groups say these clinics are known to indicate they can perform abortions in order to attract pregnant women patients, and then try to convince them to carry their babies to term.”

As someone that has been involved with care pregnancy centers for a long time I can honestly say I’ve never even heard of one that claims to do abortions. Care pregnancy centers are pro-life groups that seek to stop abortion, not help facilitate them. These groups also disdain the deceptive practices of groups like Planned Parenthood and would not emulate them. They are often groups operated by churches or Christians that know lying is not right. So I’m not sure where members of Congress are getting their information, but this seems more like another attack on pro-life groups than legitimate legislation. Click here for original article.

 

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Members of Congress View “3801 Lancaster” Film About Gosnell

Members of Congress watched the film that helped break the case about Kermit Gosnell in the absence of media coverage. The film, called “3801 Lancaster” details the shocking details of Gosnell’s abortion clinic now known as the House of Horrors. It seems the members of Congress and their staffers had a hard time watching the film as it showed graphic details. One article reports:

“Staffers from the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., watched the graphic documentary, ’3801 Lancaster,’ which detailed the squalid conditions of Gosnell’s clinic and showed graphic images of the babies who are believed to have died there. Several of the staffers winced or turned away from the screen when images were shown of babies Gosnell allegedly aborted by ‘snipping,’ a practice by which a baby’s spinal cord is severed with scissors.” We hope these members of Congress will now take action and demand an end to tax-payer funding for abortion, Planned Parenthood, and the HHS mandate in light of these details. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Members of Congress Demand End to Military Briefing on “Religious Extremists”

A military briefing that calls Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews “religious extremists” in the same breath with Muslims and Al-Qaida is coming under fire from members of Congress. As one report noted: “Members of Congress have expressed astonishment that the U.S. Army Reserve would use a training brief that slams Catholics, evangelical Christians and others and are demanding the practice come to a halt – now. ‘Our nation needs to have an honest conversation about religious extremism and what we can do to avoid religious violence. However, labeling these major world religions as extremists is wrong and hurtful.’”

While it is sad that our military would use such material to smear Christians, Jews, and Catholics, it isn’t all that surprising. President Obama has put many people in places of leadership and, as the most anti-Christian (and religious freedom) president in U.S. history, it should come as no surprise that these people also oppose people of faith. While they make excuses for Islamic bombers and send money and military weaponry to the Muslim Brotherhood, they call American Christians “religious extremists.” Welcome to Obama’s America. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Doubt the Importance of Judicial Appointments? Read This!

GavelEarly in the Obama administration, 2009 to be precise, the bill passed through Congress and was signed by the new President.  It was called the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  It was controversial when it was passed and remains so as this little story will explain.

At the time it was being debated in Congress, a number of its members voiced concerns over the idea that this kind of law, worded as it was, amounted to criminalizing speech which is patently unconstitutional, but the progressives made their loud argument that such laws were necessary in order to protect minorities and members of groups like homosexuals who face violence solely because they are “different.”

First of all, the entire idea of “hate crimes” is as ridiculous as screen doors for submarines.  Every act that constitutes the injury of one person by another is already on the state and federal books as a criminal act or a tort under civil laws.  There are already remedies in place for anyone injured.  The remedies are called criminal charges, civil rights violations if you are from an already protected class of citizens – although these laws are patently unconstitutional as well because, by their very nature, they treat one group of people one way and others another way.  That is hardly “equal protection under the law.”

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com